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Discover where and how communities across Minnesota have become more livable and age-friendly so people of all ages can thrive and learn more about joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
The state of Minnesota and a growing number of communities in the state are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which helps local leaders meet the needs of their community's older adults and respond to the rapid aging of the U.S. population. The common thread among the enrolled members is the belief that the places where we live are more livable and better able to support people of all ages when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between. The work that happens within the network — which is a program within the larger AARP Livable Communities initiative — is hands-on and locally determined and directed.
Learn more about member states, counties, cities, towns and universities below. Enrollment is a commitment by local leaders and residents to engage in a five-year cycle to assess their current state, develop an informed plan, and implement improvements creating better places to live for people of all ages. Each community is in a different stage in the process, and new communities are joining the Network regularly.
AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in Minnesota:
Alexandria | Joined 2016
Brooklyn Park | Joined 2020
Duluth | Joined 2021
Lynd | Joined 2023
Maple Grove | Joined 2016
Minneapolis | Joined 2015
Northfield | Joined 2016
Oakdale | Joined 2021
Oronoco | Joined 2022
Pine Island | Joined 2022
Princeton | Joined 2020
St. Cloud | Joined 2020
Wabasha | Joined 2023
West St. Paul | Joined 2022
Willmar | Joined 2023
Wyoming | Joined 2021
The Age-Friendly University (AFU) network consists of institutions of higher education around the globe that have endorsed the 10 AFU principles and have committed to becoming more Age-Friendly in their programs and policies.
St. Cloud State University | Joined 2022
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities | Joined 2022
AARP Minnesota is thrilled to announce that eight organizations right here in our state have been awarded 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants for quick-action projects that will create more livable communities for residents of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.